Engineering

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Do you enjoy problem solving, tackling new challenges and innovating? Then Engineering is a fantastic profession to choose.

Engineering is all about working with people to solve problems using science and technology. More importantly, engineers work to create solutions for the real problems and challenges faced by society or even the planet; so they need innovative minds to do it.

If you’re into science and technology, if you like solving problems, consider a career in engineering.

Why be an engineer?

Engineers are always in demand and have great work prospects. Engineering qualifications also offer you a lifelong career where you can grow and change in your chosen field.

Engineers find work opportunities around the world. Australian engineering qualifications are recognised in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong and many other countries.

Where can an engineering qualification take me?

The largest employment sectors for Engineers in Australia are Scientific and Technical services, Government (all levels), Building and Construction, Mining, and Manufacturing industries. As Australia currently has a shortage of Engineers there are many jobs. 

Engineers work in many industries right around the world. From the mining and automotive industries to food manufacturing and urban developments. They may design buildings, structures like bridges, vehicles, or machines, or technology-oriented products and devices.

Experienced engineers may move into management roles, coordinating teams, divisions or departments to ensure tasks are completed on time and on budget using sustainable solutions. Fully qualified, experienced engineers are also paid extremely well, with the average Australian Engineering annual salary approximately $120,000.

What is the engineering profession all about?

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Things we often take for granted have been worked on by engineers: roads, computers and phones; clothes and cosmetics; aircraft and cars; even clean water and mass produced food.

Some engineers design new structures and machinery. Others solve complex, existing problems like the need for new forms of renewable energy; improved car and road safety; and new communications technologies.

Engineers work to solve problems in efficient and innovative ways. Engineering careers fall into four broad disciplines, and each offers you many different specialisations and roles:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

The varied engineering specialisations within these disciplines often work together to address engineering challenges, whether very large or very small.

For more detail about these and the professional roles in each, go to the Find out more and glossary-engineering pages.

Check out this fun video on YouTube, produced by the University of Newcastle, NSW: -  What is Engineering?


Engineering professions snapshot - facts and figures

You can investigate more about a cross-section of engineering professions by using our Engineering Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 761Kb).  

Compare the figures in this infographic, based on latest (2015) data, to the current data on the Job Outlook website to see what's changed since 2015.  

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Find out more

Find out more about the wide range of engineering careers and roles you can pursue. Then remember to review your Career Action Plan with your teacher or careers teacher.

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